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Preparing for YOur Therapy Session
Create a life worth living.
- Prior to your appointment, consider the following questions (don't worry, your therapist can help you with this as well):
1. How would I like things to be different?
2. What are some things in my life I love and would like more of?
- Give yourself credit for taking the time to improve your or your family's mental health.
- Remember that therapy takes time; changes are often subtle from session to session, but after several visits you can make big strides.
- Be open and honest. Remember, your therapist is there to help you.
- Therapy is a personal experience. You'll want to give it some time after the initial visit to determine if it is working for you. However, if the fit with the therapist doesn't feel right for any reason, give us a call and we can help you find an alternate therapist who may fit better for you.
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Some types of therapy work best with specific concerns, such as trauma or couples therapy, while others are effective for a range of concerns. Your therapist can recommend an approach that will work for your situation. You can also find a therapist by type of therapy using the therapies filter offered above.
The main goal of DBT is to help you build a life worth living. This means having things that are meaningful and important to you in your life.
DBT helps you to work with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors differently from how you may have in the past, and that incorporates your values and what is most meaningful to you.
It is helpful for a wide range of concerns, especially those who haven't responded well to therapy or medication. DBT is most helpful for those who have powerful emotions or take extreme positions.
The foundation of CBT is the belief that many (if not most) psychological problems are rooted in a blend of unhelpful ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. The way we think affects the way we feel, which can impact our behavior.
Cognitive behavioral therapy suggests that anyone struggling with such problems can unlearn these unhelpful patterns.
You can develop new ways to cope with problems, reduce related symptoms, and live a more productive life.
Substantial scientific research has established EMDR as effective for treating posttraumatic stress (PTSD). It has also been effective in treating anxiety disorders such as phobias or panic disorder, disturbing memories, performance anxiety, trauma, stress reduction, complicated grief, sexual and/or physical abuse.
EMDR therapy heals trauma by teaching you skills to handle emotional distress and using stimulation such as eye movements and taps. EMDR can help release the hold trauma has in your body, relieve symptoms and help you regain your life.
Somatic therapy is a form of therapy that integrates the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of each of us in order to work toward greater health and well-being. Somatic therapy allows the client to become aware of his or her body and the sensations experienced through it; improving the mind-body connection and reducing mental health symptoms.
Somatic Experiencing is an effective body-oriented therapy used to treat the body’s response to trauma and stress. Because it helps individuals target trauma on a fundamental physical level, Somatic Experiencing allows the body to change its relationship to distress.
Research supports Somatic Experiencing as a highly effective therapy for targeting internalized trauma.
ACT helps people take action. Action on what matters most to you, how you want to treat yourself and others. how you want to behave and what you want to do.
What we resist, persists.
In ACT, you learn skills to face problems head-on instead of avoiding stressors. You learn psychological skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings effectively.
By adjusting actions to move in the direction of values—rather than fears—ACT contributes to a fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
Play is a natural activity of learning, exploration, and communication for children. Play therapy (for children ages 2-12) takes advantage of this innate ability to help children explore their feelings and thoughts, express themselves, and understand their life experiences.
In essence, it helps them to play out what they may otherwise find difficult to put into words.
The younger a child is when they begin play therapy, the more malleable their brain structure will be. This makes it easier to build neural pathways that lead to healthy emotional regulation, well-being, and adaptive behavior as they mature into happy, well-adjusted, and functional adults.
Painful or stressful experiences are recorded unprocessed in the body whenever the brain could not comprehend and store them in explicit/conscious memory at the time of the events.
For that reason, psychological trauma impacts our brains and bodies, affecting our mood, behavior, and physical functioning. It shatters our sense of security and leads us to feeling vulnerable, isolated, and powerless.
Brainspotting uses eye positions as entry points to access information stored in the body (nervous system) and the deep brain (seat of your regulation processes).
When we experience a particularly threatening situation or loss, especially when feeling helpless or unsafe, the experience can become “frozen” in our brain. Along with the memory are the negative feelings, thoughts, and sensations associated with that experience.
Trauma-Focused Therapy follows a four-stage process for trauma treatment to help release the "frozen" or stuck parts, develop skills and strategies to cope with emotions, beliefs and memories tied to traumatic experiences and decrease symptoms of traumatic stress.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of CBT developed for child survivors of trauma and their caregivers, TF-CBT helps to adjust thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and self-beliefs in order for survivors to better cope with distressing emotions.
Internal Family Systems—or IFS—is a model of therapy that allows people to develop a more compassionate relationship with themselves by enhancing emotional awareness.
By becoming attuned to the different parts of themselves, individuals using IFS have an opportunity to accept difficult emotions and approach them more lovingly.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an approach to therapy designed to help individuals and couples identify the core emotion at the root of distress or conflict.
EFT is used to treat most conditions that result in unpleasant emotions and disruptive behaviors and is highly effective in couples counseling.
In EFT, you learn increased awareness and acceptance of emotions and how to regulate and transform them to change behaviors. You also learn alternate ways of coping with situations that frequently lead to unhelpful emotions.
The Gottman Method is an extensively researched couples therapy approach designed to strengthen the foundation of the couple's relationship and shift negative interactions.
The relationship is strengthened by developing friendship, conflict management and the creation of shared meaning. Negative conflict patterns are replaced with positive interactions and skills to repair hurts are developed.
Therapy begins with an assessment to determine which skills to begin with. Interventions are then used in sessions to
- Disarm and de-escalate
- Increase intimacy and affection
- Remove emotional barriers
- Create a heightened sense of mutual respect and empathy within the relationship
Compassion towards self and others is an essential aspect of well-being. Compassion leads to feelings of contentment, comfort, calm, safety and emotional regulation.
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) can be particularly helpful for people who have experienced abuse, criticism, bullying, neglect, or not enough soothing/calm in early life.
People who struggle with shame or self-criticism can benefit greatly from CFT and activating the calm/soothing emotional regulation system.
Mindfulness skills have been shown in research to be highly effective in reducing the impact of mental, physical and emotional stress on the body. Mindfulness skills increase resiliency and the body's ability to cope with a range of stressors. This results in decreased mental health symptoms, cravings, and improved physical and emotional health.
Mindfulness based interventions are often incorporated in therapies for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, adhd, chronic illness/pain and related conditions.
Solution Focused Therapy emphasizes future goals vs past experiences. In therapy, attention is focused on skills that can be used to manage symptoms and create change.
Paying attention to what worked in the past, what is currently working and which skills to expand upon can help clients reach desired goals. A therapy session may end by identifying small, practical steps towards change.
Solution focused therapy is often combined with other types of therapeutic approaches to help clients move forward towards goals while working through other concerns. It is also helpful for families, couples and teens.
Our therapists respect clients' religious and/ or spiritual beliefs, and values and are open to each client's worldview. Multicultural perspective and racial identity is incorporated into the counseling process.
Counselors also engage in ongoing learning and awareness of their own personal biases, beliefs, and attitudes.
Affirmative therapy supports clients with minority identities surrounding sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, and more. Our therapists embrace an affirmative therapy stance and work to support client's mental health goals while uplifting their unique identities.
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